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Sunday, February 25, 2018

On first view, today’s First Reading and Gospel appear to have little in common: Abraham nearly sacrifices his son and Jesus is transfigured before two of His disciples. When we dig deeper, however, we discover in both readings a profound message about God’s mercy and faithfulness in times of trouble.

The First Reading comes from a story that our Jewish friends call the Akedah, the binding of Isaac. It is referred to in the prayers of Rosh Hashanah, the first day of the Jewish calendar year. On this day, Jews all over the world pray that God will overlook human sinfulness and remember the compassion that He had for Abraham in sparing his son, because Abraham was willing to fully obey God. Ultimately, the story reminds us of our need to depend fully and without question on the tender mercies of God.

In addition to some superficial similarities between the sacrifice of Isaac and the Transfiguration (both are set on a mountain, and in both a voice from the heavens speaks), they both teach about God’s restorative love and mercy. To recognize this in the Transfiguration story we need to remember that in Mark’s Gospel the Transfiguration episode comes directly after Jesus tells  His disciples that He must be killed before He returns in the Father’s glory. The transfigured Jesus on the mountain prefigures this return, evidence of God’s faithfulness to Jesus and to anyone who is fully obedient to God’s will.

The Second Reading reinforces the teaching of the other two readings: Paul speaks with wonderment about the greatness of God’s love for us—so great that He would sacrifice His own son for our salvation. At Home with the Word.

In His love and mine,

Fr. Ken


In the Spring of 1988, Bishop William D. Keeler formed a new parish to accommodate the rapid growth in Silver Spring Township and named Reverend James R. O’Brien as the founding pastor. That same year, Mother Katharine Drexel was beatified by Pope John Paul, II. Saint Katharine DrexelAt Bishop Keeler’s request, the Holy Father gave his permission to name the Parish in Silver Spring Township as the first parish in the world to be named in her honor. Eighteen years later, on October 1, 2000, Blessed Katharine Drexel was canonized and the church’s name changed to Saint Katharine Drexel.

The Saint Katharine Drexel Parish Family, guided by the Holy Spirit, commits itself to reaching out and sharing with all people the love and service modeled by our patroness, with the Eucharist as our source of strength. Through prayer and action, we will serve God, our Lord and Savior, and our community, exhibiting a special concern for the poor, oppressed and marginalized of our society, especially those among the African-American & Native-American peoples.


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